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Windows 7: Reformat Windows 7 64bit

22 Nov 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
Reformat Windows 7 64bit

Hi Guys and Girls

i have some questions about wiping and re formatting my rig,questions are.

i have a usb3 pen drive,can i use that in the usb3 hub on my motherboard,i know it can be done in the usb2 hubs,but would like to try and do in the usb3 hub,my motherboard is a ASUS P8Z68-V-PRO.

i have done a vast amount of searching online about this and come up with nothing in this nature,is there anything that needs to be on the pen,like drivers for usb3,or is it something in my bios that needs to be enabled.

we all like to have things done as quickly as possible and by using the usb3,will/should be alot faster.

hope to hear as soon as possible,and thankyou for taking the time in reading my post.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Nov 2012   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient


As your ASUS P8Z68-V-PRO. has a uEFI BIOS.
How to install Windows 64 bit on a uEFI BIOS:
UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with
UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 8 with

As you would like a use Pendrive to install.
Use USB2, as there are no drives for USB3 on the Windows 7 DVD.
(Windows 8 DVD has USB3 drives)

As your ASUS P8Z68-V-PRO. has a uEFI BIOS.
Your Pendrive will need to be formated FAT32.
As in Option two:
USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create

Clean the HD Drive, using Step one in this tutorial:
SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
& than Reboot PC & follow the tutorial to install Windows.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Nov 2012   #3
Microsoft MVP


The problem is that Win7 doesn't have all USB3 drivers in the installer so it may prompt for driver during install. You could then try Loading the USB3 drivers for your USB3 controller, normally an element of the chipset. If this will not work then as Ray says you'll need to use a USB2 port and flash stick.

It would help if you'd fill in your System Specs in the bottom left corner of your post.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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